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Chainmail is a medieval miniature wargame created by Gary Gygax and Jeff Perren. Gygax developed the core medieval system of the game by expanding on rules authored by his fellow Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association member Perren, a hobby-shop owner with whom he had become friendly. Guidon Games released the first edition of Chainmail in 1971 as its first miniature wargame and one of its three debut products. Chainmail was the first game designed by Gygax that was available for sale as a professional product. It included a heavily Tolkien-influenced "Fantasy Supplement", which made Chainmail the first commercially available set of rules for fantasy wargaming, though it follows many hobbyist efforts from the previous decade. Dungeons & Dragons began as a Chainmail variant, and Chainmail pioneered many concepts later used in Dungeons & Dragons, including armor class and levels, as well as various spells, monsters and magical powers.

  • publishers: Guidon Games, TSR


"Chainmail" is a book published in 2001 that was written by Diane Carey.

  • language: English Language
  • genre: Speculative fiction
  • subject: American science fiction
  • copyright: 2001-08
  • released in (14 years ago)


Chainmail a.k.a. Mail is a type of armour consisting of small metal rings linked together in a pattern to form a mesh.

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Google previewDungeons and Desktops (2008)

The History of Computer Role-Playing Games by Matt Barton

were avid wargamers, and Chainmail is a clear precursor to what would soon evolve into fantasy role- playing as we know it today. There are other connections between wargaming and CRPGs ...

Google previewMedicine Meets Virtual Reality 02/10 (2002)

Digital Upgrades, Applying Moore's Law to Health by James D. Westwood

3D ChainMail is a simple technique but is able to handle in realtime large datasets and large deformations. An object is modelled as a set of point elements , linked in a uniform rectilinear mesh. In contrast to FEM, where complex calculation is ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of the History of Technology (2002)

by Ian McNeil

By thethirteenth century the penetrative power of the crossbowand longbow, together with the crushing blows which couldbe deliveredby themace, meant that chainmail armour was no longer effectiveand plate armour began to beintroduced.

Google previewThe Ultimate Unofficial Encyclopedia for Minecrafters (2015)

An A - Z Book of Tips and Tricks the Official Guides Don't Teach You by Megan Miller

The only way to get chainmail armor is to trade with villagers, or from rare drops by a skeleton or zombie Adorable and deadly, baby zombies (and baby zombie villagers) won't. eggs, explosions, fire, fireballs from blazes or ghasts, fire charges , ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: Dictionary (1904)

by William Dwight Whitney

A gorget or standard of chainmail ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of British Humorists

Geoffrey Chaucer to John Cleese by Steven H. Gale

Chainmail, who wishes to revive the ways of the Middle Ages, and ...

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Scrabble value of C3H4A1I1N1M3A1I1L1

The value of this 9-letter word is 16 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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